This is the best chicken I have ever made. My husband liked this so much that, because I had leftover potatoes, gravy, and cornbread stuffing, I had to make another chicken.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Mix butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.

  • Loosen skin on chicken breast; rub butter mixture between skin and breast meat. Press on the skin to distribute evenly. Rub oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper all over; place lemon halves inside cavity. Set in a baking pan.

  • Roast in the preheated oven, basting after 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Let rest before carving, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I like to let the chicken rest in the refrigerator for a few hours or a full day after placing the herb butter under the skin to let the flavors mingle.

Tips

Basting really enhances the color and flavor and creates nice drippings for a gravy.

Nutrition Facts

380.8 calories; 31.1 g protein; 3 g carbohydrates; 117.4 mg cholesterol; 536.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2017
This is the way I've always made my roasted chicken. I think you can't beat the flavors of rosemary, garlic, thyme, lemon, S &P, and butter. Please remember that the size of your chicken will affect the cooking time and amounts of seasonings. I figure that this recipe would be perfect for a 4 lb chicken, so a smaller or bigger chicken would require adjustments] Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2017
This is the way I've always made my roasted chicken. I think you can't beat the flavors of rosemary, garlic, thyme, lemon, S &P, and butter. Please remember that the size of your chicken will affect the cooking time and amounts of seasonings. I figure that this recipe would be perfect for a 4 lb chicken, so a smaller or bigger chicken would require adjustments] Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2017
This is the way I've always made my roasted chicken. I think you can't beat the flavors of rosemary, garlic, thyme, lemon, S &P, and butter. Please remember that the size of your chicken will affect the cooking time and amounts of seasonings. I figure that this recipe would be perfect for a 4 lb chicken, so a smaller or bigger chicken would require adjustments] Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2018
Turned out wonderfully. I made a gravy using the drippings 1/4 cup flour and 2 cups of broth and it was amazing! My chicken was 5 lbs and took about an hour and 15 minutes. My daughter wouldn't stop raving about how moist the white meat was. Thank you :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2017
Loved it!! I've tried several different roasted chicken recipes and this was easy to follow and comes out perfect every time.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2017
I only added a smudge of garlic butter on top of the chicken the last 15 mins of roasting for a flavorful crispy skin. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2019
Easy and Yummy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2020
Our family loved it! Was amazing. Chicken was very moist and flavorful. I added a stalk of celery cut in 3 pieces to the cavity with the lemon. And added sliced carrots and onion in the pan. Will do this recipe as a regular for our family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2018
Delicious! I was out of lemons but I did have some zest frozen for that part. I substituted stuffing the bird with onions instead of lemons. Also I had the fresh rosemary but only dried thyme. Worked great! Yummy recipe:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2019
Delicious! Chicken was so moist an flavorful. I followed recipe exactly except I added garlic to outside on skin cooked on a rack and added a sprig of fresh rosemary to the lemon in the body of chicken. Great recipe! My husband liked it too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2017
I made one change due to dietary restrictions. Instead of butter I used Earth Balance and only half the amount specified. The timing was a bit off mine took 1 1/2 hours. Great recipe that I'll make again. Thanks for sharing. Update: I've made this a few times since my first review as hubs requested it and he seldom requests any dish. Tonight I put potatoes around the chicken and then broiled them while the chicken was resting for more colour. Loved it thanks again. Read More